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Episode 2: Body Work Station

Body Work Station

With the quote done, the work can begin. Using the quote as a road map to the coming repairs, modifications and body work, the Body Work Station begins to turn an instrument in the condition it arrived in into a straight and perfectly functioning machine.

The Body Work Station transforms a dented, twisted, bent, and sometimes abused saxophone body into a solid foundation that is straight and true. The technician at this station works the brass to straighten the body, remove dents, align posts, repairs damaged parts, solders broken joints and new parts, fabricates missing or damaged parts from brass stock, replaces springs and fits the neck. The technician also buffs and polishes new and recently soldered parts and applies a finish as necessary. This station has the most tools due to the large variety of tasks which must be accomplished.

When the Saxophone is finished at this station it will be an excellent canvas for the key fitter to fit keys. Any issues left in the body will make nearly every job to come a chore at best so nothing can be overlooked.

Body Work Checklist

Equipment we use at this station:
Body Mandrel
Neck Mandrel
Dent Balls
Dent Barrels
Body Straightening Tool
Acetylene Torch and Micro Torch
Hard Solder
Soft Solder
Brass Stock
Solder Block
Hand Burnishing Tool
MDRS System
Large File
Buffing Wheels
Buffing Compounds
Buffing Rake
Floor vice




2016 North American Saxophone Alliance Biennial Conference: March 10-13

If you have followed the work of the Sax ProShop over the past few years, you've seen many amazing projects begin and some have come to fruition. You've seen saxophone mechanisms created, updated, and improved. You've seen necks and bodies created from sheets of brass, and you've seen instruments extended, shortened, tuned, and toned.  No doubt, you've seen the restoration of hundreds of amazing saxophones, modified and generally pimped out for the finest players in the world.

Although the Sax ProShop is famous for taking horns made 90 years ago through horns straight from the factory, and improving them to a level previously thought unattainable, we never forget our roots. Adolphe Sax was the inventor of the very instruments we merely improve. So, when the Sax ProShop was asked by world-renowned saxophonist and founding member of the Rascher Saxophone Quartet Carina Rascher, to restore one very special Adolphe Sax made saxophone, we rose to the challenge. Given Carte Blanche on this restoration, the biggest challenge was not improving this piece of history to a level beyond modern ergonomics, tone, and intonation.

At the upcoming North American Saxophone Alliance (NASA) Convention in Lubbock, Texas, we invite you to join our founder, Curt Altarac, as he tells the story of this amazing saxophone and the restoration that followed. Hear about this unique instrument from the perspective of construction as we delve into some of the thought processes, ideas, and decisions Adolphe Sax made on this particular instrument. You will have a chance to see this one-of-a-kind saxophone and learn about its sojourn from owner Gus Buescher who used it as a prototype for Buescher Saxophones, to its next home in the hands of Sigurd Rascher and later Carina Rascher. Curt will be presenting "Adolphe Sax #36: The Prototype for Buescher Saxophones" at 11:00 AM in The Matador Room.

After seeing this instrument, you will hear Wildy Zumwalt, our esteemed saxophone soloist and professor of Saxophone at State University of New York in Fredonia, perform on the instrument and compare it against the more modern Buescher made instruments that were modeled after it. Sit back and open your ears, for you will be the judge of how well Buescher did at preserving that original Adolphe Sax timbre.

To read more about this saxophone, check out the blog posted by the Sax ProShop.

To learn more about Wildy and hear this saxophone in action, check out Wildy's performance on this instrument: Wildy on Adolphe Sax

Come visit our booth, and don't forget to check out The Rascher Reader. All proceeds go to Sigurd M. Rascher Collection, Reed Library SUNY Fredonia.



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